Matthew Stafford insisted from the minute his back injury became an issue that there was no long-term concern with his health. Both he and general manager Bob Quinn repeatedly told the media that they expect Stafford’s back to be completely healed in time for offseason workouts in 2020.
“In just talking to all the doctors, trainers and Matthew himself that he is going to be good to go for the offseason program,” Quinn said at the end of the 2019 season. “So no issues there.”
It appears everyone was being honest. Kelly Stafford, wife of Matthew, announced on Instagram that Matthew got word back in January that his back is “completely healed.”
In a lengthy Instagram post, Kelly noted all of the hardships the Stafford family had to go through back towards the end of 2019. Still dealing with symptoms from her brain surgery earlier in the year, Kelly got the news of her third pregnancy on the same day that Matthew got the bad news about his back. On top of that, all three of their children were battling pneumonia.
“Then there was my incredible husband trying to keep it together while dealing with his own health issue... & all of this with the holidays were quickly approaching,” Kelly wrote. “We all know how busy & hectic the holidays are. We made it through, completing all the holiday traditions we had made thus far as a family.. but we were very ready for these tables to turn.”
It was at that point that things finally turned around for the Staffords. Kelly got a clean bill of health on a follow-up MRI, her children returned to health, and Matthew was cleared of his own injury.
“The past 15 months have really taken a toll on me and my family,” Kelly wrote. “Next month will mark a year from my brain surgery. It is a year that has helped my family grow in numbers and in strength, but it is a year that I never want to revisit.”
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This game was a few weeks after I told Matthew I was expecting, well really before he found out. The day I found out I was pregnant, was the same day Matthew found out he had broken his back. With that news, I decided I would keep the pregnancy to myself because for so long we had been so worried about my brain and my recovery, I didn’t want him to have to think about me continuing to recover while growing a baby.. I wanted him to have a clear mind so that he could have a quick, successful recovery himself. That lasted 3 days. Matthew is sometimes too smart for his own good. While I was so focused on him, he was focused on me, with the littlest of things clueing him into what was going on. He asked if I was, I said yes, and we hugged it out. The next month & a half was hard and exhausting. Our 3 little ones were extremely sick for weeks, at least one of them throwing up a day.. everyone telling us it was a virus so they fought like the little warriors they are, only for it to turn into pneumonia. Poor things were not themselves for too long. I had zero energy. This pregnancy had been my toughest yet.. messing more so with my head & my balance, making me sick & constantly worried something else was wrong. Then there was my incredible husband trying to keep it together while dealing with his own health issue... & all of this with the holidays were quickly approaching.. & we all know how busy & hectic the holidays are. We made it through, completing all the holiday traditions we had made thus far as a family.. but we were very ready for these tables to turn. They did. At the beginning of jan, after strong antibiotics, our girls started to gain their personalities & weight back. Matthew had gotten word that his back had completely healed and because of symptoms I was having, I got an MRI on my brain that showed no residual from surgery & everything looked normal. We finally felt like we had caught a break. The past 15 months have really taken a toll on me and my family. Next month will mark a year from my brain surgery. It is a year that has helped my family grow in numbers and in strength, but it is a year that I never want to revisit. #StaffordStrong